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Criminology and Criminal Justice: Create a Plan

Research resource guide for Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies.

Find Keywords in Guides like these to Aid Your Criminology & Criminal Justice Research Plan

Keywords come to you out of the research that you are doing. Once you have chosen a topic then be aware of how that topic is described and take note of the words used to describe it.

Here listed below are three broad areas of research in which articles and books have been chosen to exemplify related topics. Note how varied the topics can be within each thematic listing. So, for example the child abuse bibliography includes both physical and emotional abuse as well as simple child neglect.

Child Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, and Child Maltreatment: A Selected Bibliography
This guide is specifically intended to aid researchers who are looking for research resources dealing with the abuse, neglect, and maltreatment of children and adolescents.

Domestic & Family Violence
This guide is specifically intended to aid researchers who are looking for research resources dealing with domestic violence, family violence, conjugal violence, interpersonal violence, or intimate partner violence.

Female Offenders and Women in Prison
This guide is specifically intended to aid researchers who are looking for research resources dealing with the incarcerated women and women offenders. There are a number of rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention topics that characterize this academic literature.

Find Subject Headings or Descriptors for your Criminology & Criminal Justice Research

Once you have identified a research topic, then select the keywords, technical terms, and key phrases that are essential to an understanding of that topic. Terms and phrases that have been used for quite a while may often be called subject headings or descriptors and these key terms may prove to be the most useful. 

When researching, you are like a detective searching for clues.  Combining the right terms in the right order and in the right place will help you to find the information you need.  Each key term may add to your ability to find yet more information so that in the end you may find all of the information that you are seeking.

Researching some topics is made easier if you know the jargon, lingo, or scientific terms used by the researchers themselves. So, for example, the crime mapping bibliography includes articles and books that deal with the use of census tracts and other spatial analysis terms.

Crime Analysis & Crime Mapping
This guide is specifically intended to aid researchers who are looking for research resources dealing with crime analysis and crime mapping using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). There are a number of spatial terms, software issues, and crime analysis topics that characterize this academic literature.

Limit or Expand your Criminology & Criminal Justice Research

Researchers often want to limit research using some key variables; time, language, and geography are the most common. Most search engines give you the opportunity to limit your searches to just the last few years. Also, most give you a way to limit your searches to a specific language such as English.

So for example, human trafficking is a social problem that crosses cultural and national boundaries, and is examined in many languages. Slavery is a social problem that has existed throughout human history so temporal or historical analysis could aid understanding.

Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery Bibliography
Bibliography of academic articles, books and book chapters, and dissertations that provide information for researchers dealing with the modern slave trade, sex trafficking, and the global human trafficking problem.